Bab: Persian Bayan


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The Persian Bayan is a text written by the Bab (Siyyid ’Ali Muhammad Shirazi), a pivotal figure in nineteenth-century Shia Islamic history; the Arabic word bayan can be translated as “all things,” “divine utterance,” or, more generally, “explanation,” “eloquence,” “expounding,” or “revelation.” The text is one of numerous mystical, prophetic scriptural works the Bab wrote as the leader of a religious movement called Babism, the forerunner of the religion called Baha’i, which today claims...